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Audio Podcast Episode 24 – Simple.TV | That iPad Guy


Bily Foster: Web Designer, Developer and Producer.  Bily has been around the internet since the BBS days.  When he first got his hands on an iPod touch he knew that the iPad wouldn’t be far behind.  One of the first to order the original, and first in line for the last two releases of the iPad.  Bily covers all kinds of tech news all brought to him by his iPad.

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Audio Podcast Episode 24 – Simple.TV

I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
Today we’re talking about Simple.tv

I hate doing reviews like this, I really do, but I almost feel obligated. Here is the reality of the situation, now keep in mind I do NOT know anything about the internals of Simple.tv company and their plan HOWEVER I have worked in product development and have experience with developing and launching new consumer market products and here is how I see it.

This product is going to be dead in 6 to 12 months. With no analog cable support, lack of functionality without internet and degree of difficulty in setup they have all but killed this product before it launches.

And EVEN the most optimistic people have to realize that these are not little issues that can get resolved before the holiday shopping season, which starts NEXT week.

Simple.tv is at LEAST another year in development before its ready for prime time (general consumer product). It might be able to survive that year as a niche product for people into technology, the problem is that it’s being marketed as ‘simple’ and surely isn’t that even after the setup bugs get ironed out.

In the video they say connect to your basic cable, however basic cable ISN’T supported unless its digital which you have to check with your provider (again not so simple) if they truly wanted to make this ‘simple’ they would have included an analog tuner just to not confuse customers.

The promise of watching live TV and having the ability to rewind and fast forward might be there (because in my two boxes I haven’t seen it happen yet) but it’s done via scrubber and is basically worthless when it comes to trying to skip commercials (I did get one recording made). You can jump forward but you have no preview of what it is that you are jumping too until it caches and finally gives you the stream.

I hate the term ‘cord cutters’ because the reality is you are becoming a cord swapper, exchanging your ‘cable’ with Internet connection, which with the simple.tv is required to even just to change the channel.

Which shows that they are using ‘cloud’ technology in all the wrong ways. I’m not saying that it needs to be FULLY functional without Internet but you can litterly do NOTHING with the box should your connection go out. The only part that should rely on the cloud are your show settings, your outbound stream. Changing channel, local streaming, and settings should all be on the local box so that even if the connection is out you can use it to watch TV, or pre-recorded shows.

Aside from that the system is completely unstable. Random crashes, no recordings being made and hours staring at the ‘your simple.tv is not available’ have lead me to believe that my ‘Lifetime Subscription’ is going to be short lived.

Even after the bugs are worked out in the end this is a device that is more hype than they deliver. Simply skip simple.tv

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